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Hear Bobae Lee (AD ’23) with her Risus Quartet at the Semifinal round of the 2022 ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany.

This weekend, on Sunday, August 14, Classical Music For the World presents incoming freshman Daniel Hur Meglino (BA ’26) in concert at Covenant United Methodist Church. Daniel is joined by pianist Joseph Choi. The recital program contains three works that reflect the pain and joy of life: aspects of love are found in Schumann’s “Fantasiestüke”; suffering and confusion in Hindemith’s cello sonata; and pure joy and contentedness in Bach’s Solo Cello Suite in C major.

CMFW passionately believes in the life-enhancing power of classical music—that its timeless beauty can brighten the darkest lives; its symmetry can bring order to chaos; its delicate ability to touch the soul can restore one’s faith; and its universal appeal to the senses can unite people of disparate cultures.

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Earlier today, Michelle Ferry Williams (BM ’09) and Clint Williams welcomed their latest opus, Scarlett Michelle, to the family, joining sister Adeline and brothers Frederick and Ezra. Scarlet was born at 3:46pm, 8 lbs. 13 oz. and 21 inches long.

Scarlet already has Hook ‘em mastered.


Ventana Ballet and Austin Camerata (with Daniel Kopp, MM ’18) team up this weekend to bring another world premiere to the Draylen Mason Music Studio at KMFA. Beautiful World is a celebration of music, dance, and visual art—including the premiere of an original work entitled, A Million Alien Gospels, composed by Michael Alec Rose and choreographed by AJ Garcia-Rameau and Dorothy O’Shea Overbey.

Guests are invited to gather in the grand foyer at KMFA for Earth-themed refreshments and visual art exhibits before the show. On exhibit will be the winning entries of the Nature Photography Contest hosted by Capital Area Master Naturalists, a collaborative effort to highlight local photographers’ renderings of the four elements and native Texas flowers.

Ventana Ballet and Austin Camerata will then take the stage with the new ballet featuring an original score by Rose, filled with beautifully haunting music for string quintet. The ballet is the story of Alice, a girl who is given the gift of a Flower by the Four Elements—Earth, Fire, Water, and Air. The work is loosely inspired by a poem by Alice Meynell.

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CANCELED… Due to an illness, the residency has to be rescheduled for October 2022 with exact dates to be confirmed shortly.

The Parrish Cello Trio makes its debut in Greenville, SC, next week on May 23-38, with a master class, concert and live-stream. Comprised of cellists Jamie Clark, Kenny Lee and Seth Russell (DMA ’19), the trio first met and played together during their undergraduate degree at Eastman School of Music, and then continued their education together at New England Conservatory. Now, while based in three different states, they are getting together in South Carolina to perform for online and local communities.

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Next week. on Thursday and Friday, May 12-13, Austin Camerata, with Artistic Director Daniel Kopp (MM ’18), presents “Blue Planet” at the KMFA Draylen Mason Music Studio. Blue Planet is an evocative performance on a bold mission: to celebrate the beauty of planet Earth and reflect on what’s at stake in the 21st century. The performance juxtaposes powerful works for string orchestra with the origins of our universe, our place in the cosmos, and Earth’s precious landscapes. The performance will feature Austin Camerata’s conductor-less string orchestra with cellists Kopp, Cory Blais (MM ’19) and Yeyoung Yoo (DMA ’23), visual design by Jesse Easdon, and art by Zaria Forman.

Ticket price includes pre and post-concert cocktails thanks to our sponsors Titos Vodka, Dripping Springs Distillery, Still Austin Distillery, and Total Wine & More. Valid ID must be presented before consumption of alcoholic beverages.

6:15pm – 7:00pm: Pre-concert cocktails
7:00pm – 8:15pm: Performance
8:15pm – 8:45pm: Post-concert cocktails and meet the musicians

Free parking is available on-site at KMFA’s parking lot and on streets surrounding the KMFA building. Austin Camerata’s mission is to make chamber music accessible to all. If the ticket price prevents you from attending, please write to to request a discounted ticket offer.

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Bobae Lee (AD ’23), with her Risus Quartet, has won First Place at Chamber Music of Yellow Springs’ 37th Annual Competition for Emerging Professional Ensembles. Founded in Seoul in 2020, the Risus Quartet comprises of violinists Haeni Lee and Jieun Yoo, violist Mary Eunkyung Chang and cellist Bobae Lee.

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On Sunday, April 24, 2022, Yeyoung Yoo (DMA ’23) performs the Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major with conductor Robert Radmer and the Balcones Community Orchestra in their final concert of the 2021-22 season. The concert begins at 4:00 PM at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in downtown Austin. For venue, ticket and more information, visit

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Bobae Lee (AD ’23), with her Risus Quartet, has won the special The City of Portsmouth Prize at the 2022 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition.

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Next Wednesday, March 16, the SXSW Official ATX Composers Showcase is back! Brought to you by Golden Hornet and KMFA Classical 89.5, the SXSW event presents an array of local new music artists and contemporary classical talent during the height of the city-wide festival.

The showcase features six ensembles throughout the night, fostering exposure to local groups leading the charge on revitalizing classical music for the modern age. The lineup this year includes Density512, Kompas Trio, Invoke, Graham Reynolds, Mother Falcon (with Diana Burgess, BM ’15), and Tetractys (with Matthew Armbruster, MM ’16, and James Burch, DMA ’16).

Offered to SXSW badge holders and non-holders alike, the intimate concert will be held at the Parker Jazz Club, where audiences can enjoy cocktail seating and a full bar as they listen to the ensembles throughout the night.

Featuring performances by:
8 pm Density 512
9 pm Kompas Trio
10 pm Invoke
11 pm Graham Reynolds
12 am Mother Falcon
1 am Tetractys

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